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Officials charge Texas suspect Bryce Ashley Reed on bomb charges

Federal authorities on Friday charged a Texas man with illegal possession of bomb making materials, but would not say whether the arrest is linked to a probe into last month’s deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant. The US Justice Department said in a statement that Bryce Ashley Reed, 31, was…

Slippery eel population slipping as demand for delicacy grows

Cupping a tiny, translucent eel in the palm of his hand, New York environmental researcher Chris Bowser shook his head in amazement. “This is worth about one dollar,” he said. As every spring, baby eels — big black eyes at the end of bodies the size of earthworms — are…

Russia ‘withheld details’ on Boston suspect

Russia withheld “crucial” information from the United States on one of the suspects of last month’s deadly Boston Marathon bombings, The Wall Street Journal reported. Citing unnamed US officials, the Journal said on its website that the information consisted of text messages between the mother of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a…

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ to be filmed in Britain

he next chapter in the wildly successful “Star Wars” movie franchise will be produced in Britain, Disney’s Lucasfilm announced. “Star Wars: Episode VII” will be the first in the series since Disney bought the studio from George Lucas in 2012 for $4 billion. It is scheduled for release in 2015.…

Ex-Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt found guilty of genocide

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty of genocide and war crimes in a landmark ruling stemming from massacres of indigenous people in his country’s long civil war. Rios Montt thus became the first Latin American ex-dictator convicted of trying to exterminate an entire group of people, in…

Obama claims credit for ‘healing’ US housing market

President Barack Obama on Saturday claimed credit for the country’s improved housing market and urged the US Congress to approve a new head of an agency that oversees housing loan agencies. Seven years after the real estate bubble burst, “triggering the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and costing…

Pakistan kicks New York Times bureau chief out for ‘undesirable activities’

By Amanda Holpuch Veteran Pakistan correspondent Declan Walsh received order to leave country at midnight local time for ‘undesirable activities’ The New York Times’ Pakistan bureau chief has been expelled from the country, on the eve of the national election. The paper said Pakistan’s Interior Ministry had not explained why…

Reshma: A ray of hope for Bangladesh amid the ruins

“I called but nobody heard me. I heard noises, but nobody listened to me.” But when a rescue worker finally heard her faint cries 17 days after the collapse of her factory, Reshma became an instant heroine, a ray of hope for a nation numbed by one of world’s worst…

New studies say immigration reform is too late to fix one long-term U.S. challenge

Immigration reform too late to fix one big problem, studies say (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A Mexican worker holds workers petition forms as he lines up outside the US Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico, before his working visa interview in 2007. Two studies say the flow…

Morocco launches first phase of 500-megawatt solar energy project

Morocco on Friday officially launched the construction of a 160-megawatt solar power plant near the desert city of Ouarzazate, the first in a series of vast solar projects planned in the country. The largest of its kind in the world, according to Mustapha Bakkoury, the head of Morocco’s solar energy…

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